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14
Nov
17

Couscous salad with walnuts and mozzarella

Salad, anyway you make it, a fresh mixture of greens and vegetables, this one filling with the addition of couscous, sort of like a pasta salad. I made 1/2 the recipe, the full recipe serves 10, I devoured the half recipe for a full course meal. (the orginal recipe calls for feta cheese but mozzarella is what was available.

Boil some water for the couscous and your done with cooking this meal!

A  Bob’s Red Mill Recipe

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tear up some leafy lettuce

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add all the salad ingriedents in a large bowl

Whip up the dressing

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add the cooked couscous and lightly toss the salad with the dressing or drizzle per serving, add the cheese

Now I’ve made this twice, with addition of rye bread croutons. (and I sneaked in a bit of smoked dried hot red pepper into the dressing)

07
Nov
17

Autumn Apples with Cream

Even though apples are mostly available year round, fall is the time for apple recipes that highlight different types of apples. Cortland and Macintosh used here.

Core and section 2 apples. I’ve cut the sections in half that resulted from the core/cutter use.

In your favorite saute pan, start the apples cooking over medium high heat.

Add some butter and a few cardamom seeds…..

 

sprinkle the bubbling mixture with brown sugar, cinnamon and a splash of orange blossom water if available.

 

cook and stir the apples till they are finished to your liking.

Serve the apples with a topping of frozen vanilla cream , ice cream, or even just pour over heavy cream.

 

Let the frozen cream melt into the apples and enjoy !

(a bit of granola topping would be a good addition)

 

03
Nov
17

Shopping

Recent shopping, prices


King Arthur Flour , daycation, Aldi , quick stop for pretzels and a few other items.

(Drinking glass is a pint glass for your collection)
31
Oct
17

Chunky Granola (with dried fruit)

A change-up with snacks, searching for recipes for apples, found this one from the 15th Anniversary America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook. Chunky Granola with Dried Fruit.

A bit of a slight change to make this recipe work,  utilized Spiced Apple syrup in place of Maple Sryup. (fresh macintosh apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, sodium citrate.)

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Whisk sugar, syrup,vanilla, salt and spices: ginger,Cinnamon,allspice,nutmeg. Then whisk in oil.

Fold in the oats and nuts, I used a concoction of quick and rolled oats.

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Press the oat mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, Cover the end of meat tenderizer with parchment and tamp the mixture onto the sheet to about 1/2 to 3/8 inch thickness like tamping an asphalt coldpatch that was warmed by a drizzled gasoline started fire into a fresh pothole recently formed by a heavy rain in the fall.

 

Bake the oat mixture, 325 degrees, 40-45 mins. let cool and crumble.

A bit overdone at the edges, uniform thickness would be better but it has a mix of  crunchy and softer

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Very grainy, not too sweet, could be crumbled and with milk added eaten as a cereal.

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Presently drying some apples for addition to the granola.

28
Oct
17

green red bean chili

A few additions of greens to this chili:

1 can of tomatoes the 28 ounce variety

ground beef, pork or whatever , amount to suit taste

mushrooms

greens :broccoli , kale, bell peppers, what have you

onion

garlic

paprika and/or other seasonings

heat: Serrano

Red beans, soaked at least overnight and then par boiled till slightly firm.

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Prepped up and ready to go

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brown the beef and saute the onions

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add the can of tomatoes

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add the prepped ingredients, red beans, simmer

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serving suggestion

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on corn chip, egg and sour cream

 

 

 

28
Oct
17

Chicken Vegetable soup

Instead of simmering a bunch of veggies in a pot, cut them small and steep them with broth, sort of a salad and letting the crispness of the veggies remain. Use your favorite broth the stronger the better, bone broth recommended.

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Peas and pods from the farmers market

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greens from the hydroponic DWC

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Prep, Prep ,Prep what you have to offer for the soup, matchstick cut veggies such as sweet peppers, onion, green onions, celery, carrot.  A small addition of hot dried pepper. For extra zip add grated or finely minced ginger and garlic.

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Divide the veggies among serving bowl(s), one little trick is to just before steeping: fill your serving bowl(s)  with boiling water, (drained from the noodle prep), empty, and steep soup in the warmed bowl, like tea.

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pour in the hot broth…

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cover and steep for about 10 minutes

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Finally add the noodle and meat to the steeped soup,   cook the noodle of choice beforehand and rinse with cold water, some chicken meat was previously cooked.

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presentation, Garnish with a bit of sesame oil, micro greens etc. if desired.

28
Oct
17

hydroponic update

pictures taken OCT 20

Even at this date the outdoor hydroponic DWC still provides us with tomatoes and also a few flowering brassica leaves and tatsoi leaves for greens. One tomato plant still going. I’ve pinched off growth of the tomatoes since any new flowers won’t have time to develop into fruit outdoors.

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flowering brassica

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flowering brassica, tomato and tatsoi

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some  green tomatoes on the vine

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a few each day are harvested as they turn ripe and a few outer leaves of the greens are used for soups and salads

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tatsoi does well hydroponically

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more greens

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meanwhile indoors, using LED lighting seeds are started

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using rockwool Grodan cubes, basil and rosemary are started with kale and tatsoi, a bit leggy on the greens, probably should heighten the lighting. These have been transferred to net pots since the picture was taken. Hydroponic works for me, unfortunately there are some who associate hydroponics with only cannabis  growing IMO.

another use for the tomatoes

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